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    • Posted on 16th Feb 2015, 8:45 am

      The Best To-Do List You’ll Ever Complete at Palmetto Dunes

      Palmetto Dunes Spring

      There is so much to do when visiting us this spring! For those of you counting down the days until you arrive to gorgeous Hilton Head Island and Palmetto Dunes, we’ve compiled a spring to-do list for you. See how many you can complete and let us know: 

      • Snap a selfie with Neptune Statue - Take the bike route under the highway to Shelter Cove Harbour and snap a selfie with the iconic Neptune Statue, the largest figurative sundial in the world!
      • Bike to breakfast - Hop on your bikes one morning and ride to the Palmetto Dunes General Store to snag some sinful cinnamon rolls straight out of the oven along with some freshly brewed coffee.
      • Nosh on fish tacos at the Dunes House - Take a break from the beach for lunch and head up to the oceanfront Dunes House for their famous fish tacos. Oh and be sure to smile for the camera at the Dunes House where your friends back home can catch you on our beachfront webcam.
      • Finish a plate of Big Jim’s nachos - Can your family take on a plate of Big Jim’s famous nachos and win? Insider tip: Try them with pulled pork & chicken for finger lickin’ good Southern flavor!
      • Go on a heron hunt - Rent a kayak or canoe from Hilton Head Outfitters and see if you can spot a great blue heron. In fact, count up all the birds you spot on your peaceful journey.
      • Find Nemo Jaws - Head to the beach with rental fishing gear from Hilton Head Outfitters and see if you can catch a shark from the beach. The best time to try is around dusk.
      • Tennis Challenge - Can you volley the ball 17 times on one of our 26 tennis courts? Try it out with your two hours of free tennis court time with your Palmetto Dunes Hilton Head vacation villa reservation. If you need a little help, sign up for one of our many clinics and lessons weekly.
      • Take your pic with a pro - Enjoy our free weekly golf demonstration 4 p.m. on Mondays at the Jones course and snag a pic with former PGA pro and director of golf instruction Doug Weaver. Hint: Ask him what alligator arms are!
      • Fly high - If you’ve got a daring crew, try jet packing or parasailing across the street at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina. 

      What’s missing from our Palmetto Dunes To-Do List? Is there anything your family cannot leave the resort without doing? 

      To book your Palmetto Dunes vacation this spring, visit www.palmettodunes.com or call us at 866-650-4130.

    • Posted on 30th Jan 2015, 10:15 am

      Tennis in Full “Swing” This Spring at Palmetto Dunes

      We herald the arrival of spring here on Hilton Head Island. From our brightly-colored bushy azaleas to warmer days and plentiful sunshine, spring is a wonderful time of year in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

      At Palmetto Dunes, spring also means it’s time for tennis season to get into full swing! From Hilton Head tennis tournaments to happy hours and special tennis clinics, here’s what you tennis fans can look forward to this spring at the resort:

      Luck of the Irish Tennis Tournament, March 6-8

      This annual tournament, presented by Giuseppi’s Pizza and Pasta, is for men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles.

      Team Tennis Challenge, May 15-17

      In team tennis format, this tournament will be for men’s and women’s singles, doubles and combo mixed.

      Welcome Exhibition and Happy Hour, Mondays 5:30 p.m.

      Starting in March, each week we welcome our new guests to the resort with this super fun happy hour. Not only will you get to enjoy head tennis pro Brian Kiggans’ joke of the week, but he and other pros will perform an exhibition on the court while you enjoy cocktails from the stands.

      Demo Days, Tuesdays, 4 p.m.

      We’re always getting the latest and greatest gear at our Hilton Head tennis pro shop, and every week, once spring arrives, we give you the opportunity to not only take a look, but try the gear for yourself. Come give our racquets and more a try at this weekly demonstration.

      More Options for Juniors

      Come springtime, we add to our selection of available junior clinics. You’ll find 22 more offerings on the weekly schedule plus a weekly round robin.

      Cardio Tennis, Tues, Wed, Thurs 8-9 a.m.

      Regular tennis not getting your heart rate up enough? Try cardio tennis on Hilton Head! This heart-pumping workout is available March through October for all skill levels. Burn and learn set to music. We’ll provide the heart monitors.

      Grand Slam Clinic, Daily, 8-9:30 a.m.

      This special clinic comes back when spring arrives, as well. Designed for intermediate to advanced players, it focuses on the fundamentals of stroke production, footwork and strategy. Count on fast-paced drills and a ball machine workout.

      View the complete Hilton Head tennis lessons and clinics schedule to find a program that fits your skill level.

      Do you love tennis in the springtime? Tell us why!

      Consider our Hilton Head tennis vacation packages that combine accommodations, tennis court time and instruction for your spring visit to Palmetto Dunes. Give us a call at  866-650-4130 to plan your vacation now.


    • Posted on 2nd Dec 2014, 10:15 am

      Travel Bloggers Share Family Fun at Hilton Head’s Palmetto Dunes Resort

      Over the last month, we had several travel bloggers visit the resort with their families and they blew up social media with all the fun they had! We wanted to share a recap of their families’ activities and outings to give you an idea of what you and your family can enjoy the next time you’re on the island.

      For this post, we wanted to share the adventures of Malise Terrell with Carolina Mama and her family of four, including two teenage boys, who visited in early November. They were pleased to find weather warm enough (68 degrees!) for several dips in the ocean. 

      Hilton Head family vacation

      The Terrells enjoy tennis, so they decided that some evening tennis court time would be just what they needed after their drive from North Carolina. Their family played after dark on our lighted courts, which just require a token from the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center to operate.

      Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center

      They also headed to the beach with some fishing rental gear from Hilton Head Outfitters to see what they could reel in. No catches this time, but they enjoyed the view and the time together! 

      Hilton Head family fishing

      Biking was a top activity for the family, using Hilton Head bike rentals also from Hilton Head Outfitters, which were waiting for them when they arrived at their vacation villa. The crew took a ride down the beach and up to the beachfront Dunes House, as well as explored the resort.

      Hilton Head bike rentals

      The Terrell family loved their Hilton Head vacation rental and Mom was especially fond of her comfy chair and quiet spot for reading, as well as the gorgeous master bath at newly-renovated 714 Barrington Park just a short walk from the beach. 

      Hilton Head vacation rental

      Hilton Head vacation home

      Of course, our favorite picture had to be the boys holding light sabers on the beach, perfect timing with all the talk of the new Star Wars trailer and very controversial new light saber!

      Hilton Head beach

      Follow Malise on Instagram to see all of her pics and call us at 866-650-4130 to book your own family getaway to Palmetto Dunes!

       

       

    • Posted on 27th Oct 2014, 1:45 pm

      Stay a Month or More with Palmetto Dunes’ Long-Term Hilton Head Sports Memberships

      It’s getting to be that time of year where the cold weather up north drives lots of people down south for our mild, sunny winters. To escape the cold and snow, many of our visitors stay for several weeks or months at a time. To cater to those guests, we offer a variety of sports memberships to make playing golf, tennis or more a daily activity and easier on the wallet.

      Golf Memberships

      Fall and winter are the ideal months to play golf with less hot and humid weather and less crowded courses. We offer 30-day golf memberships starting at $650/person and $1080/couple to make sure you get in all the playing time you can handle when visiting us for a longer Hilton Head vacation. You get access to all three of our championship Hilton Head golf courses, as well as discounts in our golf pro shops, grills and ranges. You can add additional days on a pro-rated basis.

      If you visit Hilton Head Island frequently or are a full-time resident, consider our annual golf membership for a $430 yearly fee per person. This affords you 24-hour advanced tee time reservations and member 18-hole rates, including green fees and cart fees. You also receive discounts in our golf pro shops, grills and ranges with this membership.

      Monthly Bike Passes

      Hilton Head Island is a fantastic island to see on two wheels. Plus, you’ll bypass traffic while getting exercise at the same time. To help you along, we offer monthly bike passes starting at just $49.99 so you can do all the pedaling you’d like. We even have the bikes waiting for you at your Hilton Head vacation rental upon your arrival and pick up them upon your departure.

      Kayak and Canoe Rentals

      Sign up for Hilton Head Outfitters’ annual memberships and get unlimited access to kayak and canoe rentals for navigating our 11-mile inland lagoon. With the Hilton Head Outfitters’ annual membership, you also get 10% off all other equipment rentals, such as paddle boards, beach chairs, jogging strollers and more. These memberships are $199 for one person and $299 for two people.

      Monthly Sports Membership

      If all of the above sounds great to you, consider our Monthly Stay and Sports Membership, which gets you 30-days of accommodations, as well as unlimited golf, Hilton Head bike rentals, two 2-hour kayak rentals and two hours of tennis court time per day, starting at $1459 per person. This package is available Nov. 1, 2014-Feb. 28, 2015.

      We also offer monthly and annual memberships for tennis aficionados. Call 866-306-4330 for rates.

      Which of these memberships floats your boat? Will we see you on your bike or on the courts for a month or more this fall or winter?

      For more information about any of these options, visit www.palmettodunes.com or call us at 866-650-4130. 

      Stay a Month or More with Palmetto Dunes’ Long-Term Hilton Head Sports Memberships

    • Posted on 30th Sep 2014, 1:00 pm

      Hilton Head in the Off Season Offers More Bang for your Buck

      Afraid Hilton Head Island prices are beyond your reach? Think again! Palmetto Dunes, especially in the off season, which includes the holidays, may be more economical than you thought. 

      From October 2014-March 2015, we have rates for a two-bedroom resort view villa starting at only $159/night! And unlike a traditional hotel room, you get a full villa with many of the amenities of home like a full kitchen and dining area and a washer/dryer, which makes packing so much easier. Our villas also have TVs, wireless Internet access and many have porches, balconies or decks to enjoy Lowcountry views, as well as gyms, pools and elevators. Additional bedrooms and ocean views are available for a higher starting rate. 

      Plus, when you book through Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, you get even more value for your nightly rate, including two free hours of tennis daily and 20% off resort dining and items at select retail outlets. Our guests also receive preferred rates and priority access to our three championship Hilton Head golf courses and golf lessons, Hilton Head tennis clinics, Hilton Head bike rentals, kayak rentals, fishing charters and more. 

      Got a pooch who wants to join you at the beach? No problem! We offer several Hilton Head pet-friendly accommodations during this season. 

      Always dreamed of spending the holidays watching the waves crash after your turkey dinner or opening gifts? These prices remain the same during Thanksgiving or the December holiday break, too – an amazing deal! 

      Fall and winter are wonderful seasons to visit the island with much milder temperatures than you’ll find up north and all the same fun Lowcountry activities available. Take a look at our recent blog on 7 Fall Activities to do on Hilton Head Island

      Let us know if we can get that $159/night rate locked in for you and your family! Give us a ring at 866-650-4130 and browse our Hilton Head vacation rentals to find the perfect vacation home for your visit.

    • Posted on 27th Aug 2014, 9:45 am

      Our Favorite Tennis Quotes

      Favorite Tennis QuotesSometimes quotes from famous folks – and even not so famous ones – can inspire, make us laugh and remind us that we’re not alone in the struggles and adventures of life. Because tennis is near and dear to our hearts here at Palmetto Dunes, where we have 25 tennis courts and tennis players here nearly every day of the year, we picked some of our favorite tennis quotes of all time to share. Enjoy!

      “The serve was invented so that the net could play.” – Bill Cosby

      “Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquility.”– Billie Jean King

      “I fear no one, but respect everyone.” – Roger Federer

      “I play each point like my life depends on it.” – Rafael Nadal

      “If you don’t practice, you don’t deserve to win.” – Andre Agassi

      “The older I get, the better I used to be.” – John McEnroe

      “Tennis just a game, family is forever.” – Serena Williams

      Tennis is mostly mental. Of course, you must have a lot of physical skill, but you can't play tennis well and not be a good thinker. You win or lose the match before you even go out there.” – Venus Williams

      “I only ever run when there's some point to it - say, if it's in a game of tennis.” – Rafael Nadal

      “Be bold. If you're going to make an error, make a doozy, and don't be afraid to hit the ball.” – Billie Jean King

      “I'll let the racket do the talking.” – John McEnroe

      And who hasn’t heard this one? “Love is nothing in tennis, but in life it's everything.”

      Do you have a favorite tennis quote? Please share!

    • Posted on 21st Aug 2014, 10:15 am

      Tennis Tips from our Hilton Head Tennis Pros to Improve Your Play

      Hilton head tennis instructionIf you’re looking to improve your tennis game, you’ve come to the right place. With some 30,000 people coming through the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center every year and more than 40 different Hilton Head tennis clinics available every week March through October, we know how to help you better your skills.

      Here some tennis tips from our Hilton Head tennis pros at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center:

      For a more consistent toss on your serve

      • Try using the net post as a guide so your tossing arm extends and goes straight up the net post.
      • Keep your tossing elbow straight (any bend in the elbow will vary your toss).
      • Hold the ball loosely with your fingertips and toss ball with your palm facing the sky.
      • Any bend or flick of your wrist will vary your toss. 

      Pump your arms like a sprinter

      If you have to sprint a considerable distance, say from behind the baseline to inside the service line or from corner to corner, you’ll find that you can move much faster if you take your nondominant hand off the handle and pump your arms like a sprinter.  If you need to hit a two-handed shot, you can put your hand back on the racquet just before swinging. 

      Decide ahead of time

      Indecision is costly in tennis, but there are two times when you should never be guilty of this cardinal sin:  when you are serving and returning serve.  Before you step up to the line to hit a serve, know what kind of placement, speed and spin you want to give it.  When returning serve, decide and picture in your mind what you’ll do with the ball on both forehand and backhand sides if you get a good swing at the ball. 

      Watch the contact or see the sound

      Everyone watches the ball, but not the contact of the ball. Keep your head still until you can see the blur of the ball, a yellow streak, coming off of your racquet. Or think of seeing the ball all the way in to your racquet until you hear the sound hit your strings.  You should not look at the other side until after your follow-through. 

      Grip Tension

      Your grip tension must be relaxed on every stroke. Over-squeezing makes the whole arm tense up, which causes you to muscle the ball over the net. This can create tennis elbow down the road.

      On a scale of 1 to 5, your grip tension should never be tighter than a 2 tension --  1 being as loose as you can hold,  5 being as tight as you can hold.  Be even lighter on your serve and overheads where it should be a 1 ½  tension.  

      Imagine you are holding a baby bird and you don’t want him to fly away but you don’t want to smash him in your hands either. That’s a relaxed grip tension.  So think of being relaxed and effortless but not  muscling the ball. 

      Serve Like Agassi

      Very few people can blast a serve like Andy Roddick, so, instead, take Agassi’s approach.  Agassi moved his serve around the box and would often hit a big kicker to start off the point.  At times he would go for an ace with a flat serve, but usually he would hit a slice or kicker with varying speeds and placement to keep his opponent off balance.  Agassi used his serve to set up points rather than trying to finish them.

      View our complete schedule of Hilton Head tennis clinics and take advantage of our Hilton Head tennis packages that combine amazing tennis time with beautiful accommodations.

    • Posted on 9th May 2014, 12:57 pm

      Tennis Tips from Palmetto Dunes Pros: Returning Serve in Doubles

      When you’re returning a serve in doubles, your main goal should be to keep the person on the other side of the net from returning a winning shot. Brian Kiggans, head golf pro at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, says you should always view the return serve as a set-up shot.

      To do this effectively, you need a plan. “You should already know where you are wanting the return to be directed before your opponent serves the ball,” says Kiggans. “You should have a plan on the forehand side and on the backhand side (or the same for both).”

      According to Kiggans, you have three main choices when returning:

      1)      Back to the server

      2)      Toward the net person

      3)      Lob over the net person

      “For example, if John Doe is serving to me, I have preprogrammed my mind that if the ball comes to my forehand I am going to return crosscourt back to the server. If it comes to my backhand, I am going lob over the net person,” says Kiggans. “This is my plan and I am sticking with it no matter what is happening on the other side of the net. If the serve is really difficult to handle and I can’t execute my plan, I just do my best to get the ball back in play.”

      You should also plan the action you’re going to take after the return is made as to whether you are going to the net or staying back. Says Kiggans, “For example, I have planned to return crosscourt if the ball comes to my forehand and follow it to the net if it comes to my backhand. I am going down the line and staying back.”

      In conclusion, planning ahead is one of the most important things you can do when returning serve and in life!

      Get more information Hilton Head tennis clinics and lessons on our website or by calling us at 866-650-4130.

    • Posted on 4th May 2014, 11:54 am

      Celebrate Mom This Mother’s Day Hilton Head Island Style

      Our Hilton Head golf and tennis pro shops offer a variety of apparel and accessories for women for golf, tennis and even every day wear. One of our biggest sellers is locally-based Spartina 449. Their scarves and bags are a big hit with our female shoppers. Try one of their latest patterns for a gift Mom can wear all spring and summer.

      The Annika Paramount Collection from Cutter & Buck is another classy choice for ladies who love to golf. It’s designed to be feminine yet sporty and utilizes the latest breakthroughs in fabric for maximum comfort for women on the move. In hues of blue, green and yellow, it makes a fashion statement on the greens.

      Since we just opened our brand new online apparel store, you can also gift Mom with a Palmetto Dunes logoed item. How about a visor, polo or comfy robe? Choose from a variety of colors and styles and select your favorite Palmetto Dunes logo.

      If you’re not exactly sure what your mom would like best, why not give her a Palmetto Dunes gift card? Order by the Wednesday before Mother’s Day to ensure on-time arrival. The card is redeemable at all point-of-sale locations around the resort and is good for accommodations, golf, tennis, bike rentals, Big Jim’s restaurant, the Dunes House and more.

      Lastly, if Mom likes to while away hours on Pinterest, be sure to share our Pinterest board showcasing 10 Activities for Moms at Palmetto Dunes with her. Go ahead… let her dream of the beach, or better yet, bring her for a stay with us this spring or summer. Give us a ring at 866-650-4130.

      Follow Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort's board Activities for Moms at Palmetto Dunes on Pinterest.

    • Posted on 2nd May 2014, 3:19 pm

      Spring is in Swing with Hilton Head Tennis Tournaments at Palmetto Dunes

      With the arrival of spring comes lots of Hilton Head tennis tournaments at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center. It’s the perfect time of year to play with mild temperatures, sunny Carolina skies and beautiful flowers around every corner.

      This year the tennis center is hosting several closed tournaments that are open to spectators, as well as plenty that are open to men’s/women’s singles, doubles and combo mixed. The only summer month without a tournament is July, but you’re of course still welcome to enjoy our two hours complimentary tennis court time daily with your Palmetto Dunes vacation rental, take one of our many Hilton Head tennis clinics offered daily or join in our weekly round robins for adults or juniors.

      The next tennis tournament coming up is the USTA South Carolina 55 and 75 and Over Championships May 1-5. While this tournament is closed, spectators are welcome!

      The following weekend is our Smash T1D Team Tennis Challenge May 9-11, benefitting the No More Diabetes Foundation. The round robin format is open to men’s/women’s singles, doubles and combo mixed. The cost is $50/player and includes two complimentary drinks, Saturday’s lunch, breakfast both Saturday and Sunday, and a tournament T-shirt. You can register to play here.

      On May 24, we’ll host the Meals on Wheels Round Robin tournament benefitting Meals on Wheels of Bluffton-Hilton Head in memory of Don Grider, TAHHI Senior and Super Senior Men’s Coordinator. This Hilton Head tennis tournament is open to men’s/women’s doubles 55 and above 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5, as well as 18 and above 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 and 5.0. The cost to participate is $25 for TAHHI members or $35 for nonmembers and includes beer/soda and a reception and happy hour from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sign up to play here.

      In June, we’ll host our popular annual Banana Open tennis tournament June 6-8. This fun event is open to men’s/women’s singles, doubles and mixed doubles. Presented by the Honor our Heroes Foundation, the event supports our military veterans. Watch this video from a previous year’s tournament:

      Honor Our Heroes from Jeff Mayoh on Vimeo.

      Lastly, as summer winds down, we’ll host our Palmetto Dunes Tennis Fall Classic August 29-31 for men’s/women’s doubles and mixed doubles. But that’s not the end of the tennis tournaments for the year! Fall revs up with more USTA South Carolina championships and the David M. Carmines Memorial Tennis Championship. There’s never a bad time to play tennis at Palmetto Dunes!

      Go ahead and book your stay with us now if you’re planning to participate in or watch an upcoming tennis tournament. That will ensure you get the Hilton Head vacation villa that’s just right for your group and have all the activities you’d like to do, like golf, kayaking, bike rentals and more, all set for your visit.

      Give us a call at 866-650-4130 to book your activities and your stay!

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